Hitachi. has filed a patent for a picking system with transport modules and lines for efficient loading and unloading of goods. The system includes conveyance modules and lines for transporting, storing, and packaging products. The conveyance module for picking can perform various operations to streamline the process. GlobalData’s report on Hitachi gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Picking system for loading and unloading products

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Hitachi Ltd

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240034563A1) describes a picking system designed for loading and unloading products efficiently. The system includes multiple conveyance modules with conveying means and conveyance lines that guide the product through different paths. Specifically, the system comprises first conveyance lines for product movement, second conveyance lines for temporary accumulation, and third conveyance lines for shipping container conveyance. A unique feature of the system is a conveyance module for picking that performs various tasks such as accommodating products in shipping containers, transferring products to the second line, and final placement in the container.

Furthermore, the picking system incorporates a control unit responsible for generating instructions for the picking module to carry out the necessary tasks. The system also allows for multiple first conveyance lines to feed into the second line for accumulation. Additionally, the second conveyance line can be configured for circular conveyance paths. The conveyance modules are interconnected and communicate with a control system to ensure seamless operation. Each module includes acquiring means to gather connection information, which is then transmitted to the control system for efficient coordination. Overall, the system aims to streamline the loading and unloading process by utilizing conveyance modules and lines effectively, enhancing productivity in handling products.

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